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Poetry Forms

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"Poetry is my cheap means of transportation. By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield."

....Billy Collins. 1997. The New York Times. 30 November.

Here you will find definitions of selected poetry forms, along with examples. We hope you enjoy them. If you know of a form you would like to see displayed here, please let us know.

Forms and Patterns Currently Available:

Amphigory

Ballade

Cento

Climbing Rhyme

Framis

Grossblank

Kyrielle

Little Willie

Lune

Nonsense

Palinode

Rondeau Family

Samisen

Sestina

Sonnet

Spoon River

Terza Rima

Triolet

Villanelle

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